There is a funny story behind putting the recipe for Turkish Warm Lentil Salad together. In Turkey, lentils are traditionally of the red variety. We thought that we might be a little different and make the Turkish Warm Lentil
Salad with green lentils, as we had thought we had seen them at the market. So, whilst shopping at the local market, we sourced our green lentils. No problem. Or so we thought.
The problem became evident when it took forever for the green lentils to cook. I couldn’t work it out and what was that aroma coming from the pot? So, after 40 minutes of simmering away, I thought that I should taste the green lentils only to discover that they were actually green peppercorns!
Round 2: Turkish Warm Lentil Salad
So I unhappily filled the same pot with water to start again only this time I put red lentils on to cook. After 15 minutes of boiling away happily I though that I should check and lo and behold all I can smell is bloody green pepper. Yep I had failed to wash the pot and now the red lentils tasted like green peppercorns. Not happy at all.
Round 3: Turkish Warm Lentil Salad
So after cleaning the pot and then for a third time filling it with clean water I finally succeeded in cooking red lentils so I could proceed with the recipe. If you look carefully, some of the pictures don’t actually have red lentils in them. I was running out of light and had to take pictures before the lentils were finally ready to add to the dish.
Anyway having said all of that, this is actually a pretty easy dish to cook. Salads and mezes are a big part of Turkish cuisine. This Turkish Warm Lentil Salad espouses the colors of Turkey and again another healthy dish to enjoy.
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